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Beef fillet with black-pepper miso and pickled Japanese mushroom salad

Prep time over 2 hours
Cook time over 2 hours
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen
Highly flavoured Japanese ingredients transform steak into a light meal with bold flavours in this simple and pretty dish.


  1. For the beef with miso, heat the sake and mirin together in a small saucepan for 3-4 minutes, or until the alcohol has evaporated. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until tender. Add the pepper and miso paste and stir until blended. Remove from the heat.

  2. Brush the steaks lightly with the mixture. If possible, marinade, covered, in the fridge for 2-3 hours, but bring back to room temperature before cooking.

  3. For the pickled Japanese mushroom salad, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the shiitake mushrooms until coloured. Add the remaining mushrooms and fry for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Deglaze the pan by pouring in 100ml/3½fl oz mirin, then bubble until reduced by half. Pour in the vinegar and soy sauce, then stir, remove from the heat and set aside.

  5. Preheat a griddle pan to hot. Cook the onion rings for 5-7 minutes, turning halfway, until caramelised on both sides. Transfer to a heatproof lidded container and set aside.

  6. Bring the remaining 250ml/9fl oz mirin to the boil, then pour it over the onions. Seal the container and leave to cool.

  7. For the beef with miso, preheat a heavy-based griddle pan over a medium heat. Cook the steaks until a crust has formed. Continue cooking and turning, brushing the steaks with more black-pepper miso each time they are turned, until cooked to your taste. Be careful not to let them catch, or the miso will go bitter. Leave to cool for at least 20 minutes.

  8. Slice the steaks and arrange on a platter. Serve with the mushrooms, onions and wasabi.


For the beef with miso

  • 150ml/5½fl oz sake
  • 150ml/5½fl oz mirin
  • 20g fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g/7oz red miso paste
  • 4 x 200g/7oz beef fillet steaks
  • freshly grated wasabi, to serve

For the pickled Japanese mushroom salad

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 300g/10½oz mix Japanese mushrooms (keep the shiitake separate)
  • 350ml/12fl oz mirin
  • 100ml/3½fl oz rice vinegar
  • 50ml/2fl oz light soy sauce
  • 1 onion, cut into 1cm/½in rings

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